June 4, 2023

By Johnny Hallam and Tara John | CNN

Former United States President Barack Obama, late night time tv host Stephen Colbert, and CNN’s Erin Burnett are among the “500 Individuals” Russia has banned from coming into the nation.

Russia on Friday introduced it was banning “500 Individuals,” many distinguished figures of US govt energy, from coming into the nation “in a response to the often anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the Joe Biden administration,” in line with an announcement from Russia’s Ministry of International Affairs.

The listing consists of Obama, former US Ambassador Jon Huntsman, a number of US senators and the following anticipated chairman of the joint chiefs Charles Q. Brown Jr.

The rambling listing of names additionally consists of American late night time TV hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Colbert, and Seth Meyers.

The assertion additionally stated: “The hooked up ‘list-500’ additionally consists of these in authorities and legislation enforcement businesses who’re straight concerned within the persecution of dissidents within the wake of the so-called Storming the Capitol.” On January 6, 2021, scores of supporters of former US President Donald Trump sought to cease Biden’s certification as president and attacked the US Capitol.

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to query the arrest of the rioters a number of months later, saying the folks had come to Congress “with political calls for,” Reuters reported.

Friday’s listing additionally consists of CNN Anchor Erin Burnett and is an replace of a beforehand printed longer listing of sanctioned people that features CNN’s Chief Worldwide Safety Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh, CNN contributors Bianna Golodryga and Timothy Naftali.

Whereas the listing was labelled, “500 Individuals,” Paton Walsh is a British citizen.

The ministry justified the bans in an announcement on its web site that learn: “It’s excessive time for Washington to be taught that not a single hostile assault towards Russia will go and not using a sturdy response.”

It didn’t specify complaints towards every particular person or clarify what the sanctions would imply past a ban from coming into the county.

As well as, the ministry stated it’s persevering with to disclaim a US embassy request for consular entry to American journalist Evan Gershkovich “as a result of failure to situation visas to Russian journalists from the Lavrov pool,” in obvious reference to Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov’s journey to america in April.